Friday, January 17, 2020

ReyLo Spoiler Illustration

My daughter couldn't stop crying after watching Rise of Skywalker--it was heartwrenching!

So I painted this in her honor with a reinvented ending. If Shmi could do it, why not Rey? :P

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

IWSG: Author 24/7?

IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
Welcome to mine!

First off---

Happy New Year! What are your goals?

I dropped off a coloring page for Christmas at the local library--she commented on how pretty it was but all I did was thank her as she looked over it. I didn't say that I illustrated it or that it went with my newly released book.

(Here's the coloring page I gave her--you're welcome to print it if you'd like, though it's out of season but seek-and-finds are always fun no matter what season it is!) 

Typically, I don't proclaim myself as an author but prefer to not be outspoken about it. For the most part, I don't like to bring unnecessary attention to myself because I feel awkward with it. I suppose I'm an introvert?

Just like a writer, right???

Do you believe that authors, by nature, are introverts? Or not necessarily? Do we love living in fiction than real life? How do you step out of your comfort zone and up to a pedestal to discuss your books (in casual settings)? Do you have a way of doing it so it doesn't sound like you're a merchant hawking his/her wares at a local flea market?

I understand that it's necessary when you're at a writers conference or a book signing, but that's an entirely different hat--do you wear your author hat 24/7?

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

#IWSG: An Author's Strategy

IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
Welcome to mine!

*Once upon a time, my son came home filled with enthusiasm. A local author presented at his school. My son purchased and read the book within days. About a week later, he received an email from the author requesting reviews for the book.

I found the email strange in that the author had asked to please post the review only if the reader had enjoyed it. The author proceeded to ask the reader to *not* post a review if it wasn't liked but to respond to the email with why the book wasn't liked.

I pretended to be my son (knowing better since I'm a published author, I felt this was shifty) and asked the author that if I didn't like this book, why can't I write the review about it?

The author responded, saying that positive reviews are appreciated and help the book grow, but it's for the author to hear directly from his readers of how and why the book wasn't liked.

There is a level of trust this author had established of a personal kind at a school, having met and interacted with his readers who are impressionable young people willing to acquiesce--who wouldn't want to please a cool author whom you've met at your own school, right?

Scratching my head, thinking this as a brilliant ploy to keep ratings up, I wonder just how ethical it is to ask readers directly not to post negative reviews (all in the name of ratings. <--readers don't realize this, especially middle school kids).

I'm confused to decide whether it's honorable or deceptive on any level, because it would be nice to cash in on this as well if it's not devious in any way.

What are your thoughts on said author's strategies?

Guess WhAt?

My book baby just released! It's available for .99 cents over on Amazon.

Christmas in New York for Cora is all about performing in The Nutcracker, but misfortune takes her back to Texas where she runs into an old flame in cowboy boots and a Stetson hat. Could he be the miracle that puts the pieces of her shattered life together?

Merry Christmas!

*I ask that you forgive me for posting this late--I had written this over a month ago and forgot to schedule it! Eeek!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

#IWSG: To post or Not to Post ?

IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
Welcome to mine!

There was a time when I was a savvy blogger. Someone once said I had great web presence. Then I had child #5 and all that went downhill. It takes a lot for me to keep up with this blog with just posting once a month!

I've missed twice in a row a few times and have re-entered my name into the IWSG list a few times. Not proud, but it happens. Ha ha. Then I come across people on that list who don't post at all and I wonder why I don't have that same luck? Why don't the IWSG gods oversee my accidental neglect as they do theirs?

I feel stuck. I suppose my attitude tells me I'm probably not really ready for entering the blogging world again--it takes a good few hours of my day. I feel stretched thin but feel it's important with keeping my finger on the pulse of presence! Or am I fooling myself?

How do you juggle blogging, writing, and real life? What's your formula?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

#IWSG Lone Wolf-itis

IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
Welcome to mine!

brown dog near trees during snow
Photo by Jason Abdilla @

I have a problem that I struggle with and it's being a lone wolf. I'm the wolf that wanders the wild countryside, feeling forlorn as the rest of the pack frolics in the streambed while I look on. Yet, when I am called to join, I suddenly feel shy and resistant.

Wolves, Park, Wolf, Wild, Nature, Carnivores, Zoo
Photo by Jimoody8 on

This is the way it is with my writing. On social media, many of my writerly peers gather and share and swap while I look on. I do feel left out as I watch from the borders. However, if I'm invited to join the group as a whole I feel caught and bound.

White, Wolves, Pack, Nice, Animals
Photo by FRESCO on

Another instance is the critique group: I love hearing about the camaraderie and friendships borne and nurturing that happens there. I watch with envy and yes, you guessed it: The moment I'm invited I have a slew of concerns I'm immediately faced with: 

1- I struggle with just doing 10 pages at a time, especially when I have a stash of completed novels. 

2- Can't we just swap entire books? Because my mind works one book at a time when critiquing, not in tiny segments which drives me absolutely bonkers! (Yes, that means I'm willing to swap entire novels with a single partner as well.)

3- Dividing my work with 2 people or more feels too much for me, especially when I relish the idea of hoarding a single person's attention all to myself (critique partner anyone?).

4- Most of the time, a person in a group doesn't want to meet on an individual basis, feeling it's not worth their time. Really? The power of one is fabulous--think of a tutor with a student. Right?

I'm sure there's more but I can't think of any right now...

Wolf, Lonely, Rest, Sunset, Nature, Animal
Photo by Papafox on

I realize that I'm an introvert by nature. I thrive with a dedicated writing partner who takes me and my work seriously (and in turn, I am just as loyal and dedicated). I love soundboarding ideas, working through writer's block (I'm good at helping with detangling sticky block messes), cheering and encouraging and carrying, I love the idea of getting together on a regular basis just to write in silence. Ha! I make a good writing coach and partner. Who will take me seriously and not give up? In all the 20+ years I've been writing, I've yet to find someone who fits this. I can't be the only person out there who's this weird!

Am I?

(this video fits me--haha!)


How do you go about writing? Are you a lone wolf? Are you a social butterfly? How do you handle 10 pages at a time with critique groups? Do you ever feel the need of having one dedicated writing partner?